The Rev. Kenneth H. Worthman, 85

The Rev. Kenneth H. Worthman, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Palm Bay, Fla.

He was born on March 16, 1926, in Freeport, Ill., the son of the Rev. R.A. and Huldah Worthman, and they preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria; children, Edward (Gail) Worthman of Frankfort, Ill., Paul (Diana) Worthman of Ocala, Fla., and Diane Reis of St. Louis; his grandchildren Kyle and Kara Worthman.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn Worthman.

He grew up in Millersburg, Ind., and upon graduating, he served in the U.S. Navy and attended DePauw University and later Purdue. In 1948, hearing God’s call, he entered Mission House Seminary (now Lakeland College) in Sheboygan, Wis. He graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Divinity.

He was ordained in his home church in Millersburg, Ind., on July 6, 1952, as a minister in the Evangelical and Reformed Church (later The United Church of Christ) by his father.

In 1973, he received his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary.

Over the course of his service to God, he served churches in New Knoxville, Nashville, Faribault, Minn., Lisle, Ill., Tombstone, Ariz., and, at the age of 84,Oracle, Ariz.

During his career, some of the many civic contributions he made were as a Fire Chaplain in Lisle, Ill., president of the Rotary Club, participation in the Heifer Project International and president of the Board of Directors at St. Lucas Hospital in Faribault, Minn.

Memorial contributions can be made to Heifer Project International in honor of the Rev. Kenneth H. Worthman at